ECS KA1-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review :: Introduction

03-22-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Tulatin

Ah we've come a long way since the inception of the idea to daisy chain GPUs together with the performance of scarily high performance, haven't we? When those days of legend drew to a close, the last lights flickering off and last fans stopping at 3DFX, we'd thought that technology that took two freakishly expensive (oh, if we only knew then how cheap the cards of yesteryear are compared to now) cards and chained them up was long for the dust.

Leave it to NVIDIA, in such an F.E.A.R-esque manner to purchase up the rights and come onto the market swinging again with a dual card solution. How is this relevant to the review at hand I hear you ask? Good question actually. On the bench (well, actually box this time) today is a motherboard based around ATI's Radeon Express 200 Crossfire Edition. With performances of shiny new graphics, care of pairing your current ATI card off with a master, we've got a look at one of the first steps in the crossfire chain, ATI's answer to the currently dominant marketing monster of SLI. While it may be true that the RD580 chipset is just outside the door, it can't hurt to take a look at another one of ECS's feature packed motherboards, and see what kind of bang for the buck she can give us anyways.